Windows app should be in the Windows store
Even if there won't be a modern UWP app for Teams, the Win32 app should be available through the Microsoft Store so it is discoverable by Windows 10 users (that's where I looked first, with no luck of course).
This feature is still in the works. There was some adjustments to the overall strategy.
I’ll try to get some additional details and share them with you.
Seyyed Soroosh Hosseinalipour commented
I think native app is very better than browser based app.
Remember Microsoft to ensure the app works across all platforms, especially for those who invested in Microsoft mobile phones such as Lumia 950 and Surface tablets with Windows 10 S OS, the Teams app is available in iOS and Android! Also it would be great if Amazon Fire tablets had a Teams Skill! We are a higher education institution that use Teams as our LMS it is shame that it is not available, yet in the Store. Is there an ETA?
When are you going to move it to the store as a UWP app? It's been "in the works" for three years now? The current method of the MSI checking a user profile each time they log in is absolute nonsense! It doesn't even work half the time for us!
Gabriel Smoljár commented
Teams as a PWA that can be installed from the store or Edge would be slick. Outlook is already available as a PWA.
During a meeting, I can't scroll through the chat or participants list with touch unless I tap inside the chat/participant list area first to change focus into it. I've never had this kind of issue with UWP apps built for all kinds of devices and input methods.
I love Teams, but the fact that it's not in the Store is a serious pain point. This has layers of repercussions, most of which are along the lines of, "Microsoft is a bunch of scattered fiefdoms all fighting with each other. Why would I use any product from a company that doesn't even believe in its own systems for app distribution?" That's not directly a criticism of Teams, which is probably why this topic doesn't have more votes, but it adversely affects a lot of us and undermines the entire MS ecosystem. Whether that view is right, or even a rational concern, Microsoft makes it hard on all of us responsible for administering these systems when it can't be internally consistent. All MS apps should be in the store, share a consistent design language (look and feel), and work properly with each other. Row in the same direction, guys!
Come on man! This just doesn't make sense! Teams behaves like an app in every way! It's installed in a users profile. You have an app for Android and iOS but not your own store?
We deploy Teams through Intune using a win32 app, which works, but we have to set the enrollment status page to wait for Teams msi to install because if the user just goes to the desktop and Teams is installed after, it won't launch, and thus won't create a shortcut. It waits until the user signs in first, which means they need to sign out, then back in, for it to "Install".
Also, don't know if you guys are aware, but there are a lot of people using Teams right now, and our users haven't been that please with the experience since it doesn't show up until they log off and back on.
Emiliano Magliocca commented
Still working on it after 2 years and half? maybe this link can help you out
Make Teams an UWP app with beautiful fluent design and distribute it exclusively through Microsoft Store. All new features should be always Windows first. Have some imagination, make it happen ASAP.
Kelps Sousa Alux commented
What is so difficult in Microsoft publishing it's own apps in it's own Store? This is ridiculous! Not being in the Windows Store should be the exception, not the norm.
Any update on this?
It is almost an year. Still no updates. UWP & Fluent design elements are very much needed
This is such an oversight. Does Microsoft support the Store or not? We're locking down our PCs in such a manner that our users simply won't be able to download and install executables whether from Microsoft or no. A Store app makes sense.
Olav Rønnestad Birkeland commented
It would make sense to turn Teams into a PWA, which would then make it possible to distribute it through Microsoft Store.
This would bring a lot of positive impact, like
* Easier for users: True single experience across all platforms, screen resolutions and ratios.
* Easier for developers: Less code to maintain for the developers, I believe.
* Easier for sysadmins: Easier to deploy, less management overhead. Don't have to keep a MSI in Intune up to date, just use Microsoft Store for Business instead.
Hi Microsoft. Is there any update on this? MSI based deployment is very poor with Intune. Store based app is a must have.
Stéphane Grienenberger commented
Even one of the nearest competitor (Slack) has its app on the Microsoft Store !
This is so confusing - Teams webapp, win32, android and iOS, even Surface Hub, but no app in native windows store. It feels MS doesn't understand what seamless should be - instead it is so convoluted and lacks any logic. Trying to buy-in into this ecosystem but it just keeps to show rookie failure one afer the other. Come on, hire someone who knows thing or two about strategy and customer experience.
This week has been very embarrassing.... I have been building a system around Microsoft teams for our organization, but this week I've had to borrow other peoples computers to show them how Teams works. Using the browser version on my Surface Go is not cutting it.... way to many websites don't support being used in frames, so I'm having to leave Teams to view any of our tabbed website pages. Please make another Microsoft Store version available ASAP
This is devastating :( Why why WHY would they pull Teams from the Microsoft Store??? The store version should be the PRIMARY version. I just hope it doesn't take long for them to figure out the HUGE mistake ~:[
Gordon Byers commented
What is the official advice for Windows S-mode users when you stop the preview app working next week?